Additional cash for Frampton Cotterell school to speed up building work

August 01 2018

Additional cash for Frampton Cotterell school to speed up building work

South Gloucestershire Council is to spend  an extra £2m so that the new buildings for Watermore School will be constructed in one phase, rather than in two stages as originally planned.
The infant and junior schools are currently on two separate sites, and will be amalgamated onto the larger site at Lower Stone Close, with the aim of providing 420 primary school places from September 2019.
Plans had originally been approved to complete the work in two phases, with a budget of £4.5 million for the first phase. But the cabinet has now increased this to £6.68 million.
The additional money has come from the government’s Land Release Fund, which enables local authorities to release land more effectively and free up extra finances.
Luke Hall, the MP for Yate, wrote to council leader Toby Savage, to suggest that it could be spent on speeding up the school’s redevelopment.
The cabinet also reviewed admissions data, which showed that from September 2018 there would be a need for additional accommodation, and further temporary classrooms were considered.  This was ruled out in favour of speeding up phase 2.  The two phases will now go ahead simultaneously.
A school building with 14 classrooms will be ready for September 2019, but with 11 ready for use. The final 3 classrooms will be fitted out in each subsequent year as they are needed.  Until these are ready the school will continue to use the temporary accommodation which has been in place since 2016.